Baykeeper Updates Related to Contaminants

Blog Post: October 9, 2015
In a win for a safer San Francisco Bay, Governor Jerry Brown recently signed AB 888, a statewide ban on the sale of consumer products containing plastic microbeads. The nation’s strongest ban so far, the law does not include an exception included in bans passed in other states that allow so-called...
Monthly Column: October 1, 2015
Tiny plastic balls too small to see, fragments of plastic bottles, plastic pellets used in manufacturing—they’re all in San Francisco Bay. It’s an invisible problem that harms swimmers and sea life, but help is on the way. In a victory for a cleaner Bay, a new law passed by the California...
Blog Post: September 11, 2015
In a win for a safer San Francisco Bay, the California Legislature recently passed a ban on the sale of consumer products containing plastic microbeads, starting in 2020. Governor Jerry Brown is expected to sign the bill, AB 888, into law. San Francisco Baykeeper advocated in support of this...
Monthly Column: June 2, 2015
What happens when we use consumer products like facial scrubs, toothpaste and medications? Some of them end up in San Francisco Bay. Wastewater that goes down your toilet, sink and shower drain is sent to a wastewater treatment plant that removes many toxic pollutants. But some contaminants are not...
Page: May 27, 2015
When leftover medications are flushed down the toilet or washed down the sink, they are sent to a wastewater treatment plant. Sewage treatment removes many toxic pollutants, but not medications, which then enter the Bay via treated wastewater. Unused drugs thrown in the trash end up in landfills...
Blog Post: May 27, 2015
Bay Area communities are passing laws to require pharmaceutical companies to fund safe disposal of leftover medications, which will help keep drug pollution out of San Francisco Bay.  The U.S. Supreme Court recently turned down the drug industry’s challenge to the first of these laws in the nation...
Blog Post: May 22, 2015
The California Assembly voted today to ban the sale of consumer products containing plastic microbeads. Microbeads are tiny particles of plastic used in facial scrubs, shampoo, soap, toothpaste, eyeliner, lip gloss, deodorant, and sunblock. When these products are washed down a sink or shower drain...
BK In The News: September 18, 2012
Bay Area residents have had options for getting rid of old pills piling up in their medicine cabinets. But the "No Drugs Down the Drain" campaign launched Monday wants to make sure consumers take their leftover pharmaceuticals to local law enforcement agencies, pharmacies, hospitals and other...
Blog Post: December 5, 2011
Antibiotics, contraceptives and chemicals from personal care products should be removed before local sewage plants are allowed to discharge wastewater into San Francisco Bay. That’s the message Baykeeper gave recently to the Regional Water Quality Control Board. The Regional Board is the government...
Featured Stories: July 8, 2011
From the July 2011 edition of Bay Crossings America’s 33-year wait for the FDA to publish rules on sunscreen labeling ended in June—just in time for the apparent end of the rainy season. The new rules go into effect next year and will provide clear guidance for the most part on sunscreen...

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